How Hair Analysis for Horses works

Ava Frick, DVM, FAIS
Integrative Veterinary Education, Inc.

What the body needs, and what we may think it needs, can be two different stories. Part of this is due to environmental toxins. Insecticides, pesticides, herbicides (like glyphosate), chemicals, and the like can interfere with normal tissue function, mineral content, nutrient absorption, and cellular availability of nutrients. The effects can be seen in both mares and foals. What is in the mare, or lacking in the mare, will be reflected in the foal as well. Yes, even the newborn is not “ perfect .” Baggage is passed on. That is why it is important to have the mare in optimal health before being bred. But how do you know?

Fur Analysis is a Mineral Blueprint

Providing a mineral blueprint of one’s biochemistry a fur tissue mineral analysis can provide pertinent information about your animal’s metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity.  A hair tissue mineral analysis is considered a standard test, used around the world for the biological monitoring of trace elements and toxic metals in humans and animals species. Fur, like all other body tissues, contains minerals that are deposited as the fur grows.  A sample of fur cut close to the skin provides information about the mineral activity in the fur that took place over the past three to four months.

Dr. Frick and her research was published by the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association in the Fall 2017 issue.  She is very excited about this recognition.  Read the publication here.  Then contact her to see how she can help you help animals by utilizing this test modality.

Examples of Fur Analysis Results

Download examples below:

pdf Fur Analysis Test Results #1
pdf Fur Analysis Test Results #2